Feeding a family of five for two weeks during the #ZombieApocalypse…
…Note this date on the calendar (Sunday, April 5, 2020).
All the considerations…
- First off, it’s important to note that each of my three children here at home [my fourth son is away at college] is over 5 feet 9 inches tall – and growing; these are VERY HUNGRY boys!
- Also important to note – a consideration not applicable to some families – is that I have kids with special needs. This means that I have to make sure that if I am going to have “two weeks of emergency food on hand” it must include *special* things — that I know for certain they will eat, no matter what else is going on in the world.
- Point #2 is especially important for my youngest; my 5 feet 9-1/2 inches tall 11-year-old son, Charlie – with his severe ADHD diagnosis and super-high metabolism – crashes hard when he’s running low on fuel, and when that happens things quickly get unsafe [AND he becomes a very picky eater]! Under normal circumstances I need to be able to offer Charlie a healthy snack every 90 minutes to two hours. If his critical supply of calories is not vigilantly regulated, we all live to regret the outcome — as he tends to get violent / unsafe!
210 meals + snacks = two weeks of meals
Something special for everyone to keep spirits up…
- Treats for Avi have to be sugar-free (so: chips, nuts, food bars, etc.).
- Treats for Dad have to be vegan – and follow a strict new medically-prescribed diet, too. (so add no peanuts, wheat, coffee, sweets – or even certain fruits & vegetables!).
- Charlie craves salty and sour treats (chips, pretzels, crackers, nuts, pickles…).
- I love gefilte fish with horseradish this time of year! (That’s my extravagant special treat just for me – but I do end up sharing that with A.J.!)
- A.J. likes hummus, chips & salsa, and sardines every now and then — and no one else in the family eats those, so that’s a good choice for him!
However, A.J. (my 17-year-old – and the most energetically-hard-working / constantly-in-motion of the three boys) will also “accidentally” eat up everyone else’s treats (to maintain his necessary calories!) if I am not careful. As a result, all of the treats and nearly ALL of the food and supplies are kept under lock and key. Literally!
…and something to drink….
…and get the kids involved…
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and then we have to put it all together into meals…
Then – on top of all of this – I am responsible for making sure that all of the above resources combined cover at least three balanced meals a day possible for each person. Do you have “Plan B” and “Plan C” contingencies for fruits and vegetables? We’re working with Avi to plant his first garden — you can see the videos of our garden below.
And that was just the FOOD….
Keeping kids BUSY is just as important as feeding them…
And so I must consider: does everyone have creative stuff to do — stuff that will engage their minds (with the televisions OFF)? Do we have two weeks worth of…
- Papers (different types of papers —Graph paper? Tracing paper? Construction paper? Card stock? Origami paper?)
- Notebooks and Journals (for writing in)…
- ….and in my son A.J.’s case, leather and thread and special acid-free paper, and other book-binding supplies – so he can assemble the beautiful handmade journals he creates?
- Knitting needles?
- Tape (masking, duct, Scotch, packing…)?
- Propane? (My boys do blacksmithing at a homemade forge in the yard!)
- Also is the workshop which my husband and A.J. use daily fully stocked with the materials, consumables, and parts needed for doing fabrication, maintenance, and repairs [building materials, fasteners, abrasives, adhesives, lubricants, solvents, welding supplies]? These things are important in our house!
“Is there gas in the car?”
How can ANYONE EVER afford to be this prepared?
How you can help others…